Living Simply

A Teen Guide to Minimalism

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Twenty-first-century minimalism is an increasingly mainstream response to global environmental crises such as climate change, the garbage glut, fast fashion, and other manifestations of the harmful impact of consumerism. Originally founded in the art world in the decades after World War II, minimalism has evolved into an Earth-friendly lifestyle focusing on the three Rs (reducing, recycling, and reusing) and on simplifying individual needs to reduce one’s carbon imprint, manage anxiety and depression, and prioritize human interaction over the impulse to acquire for the sake of acquisition. Hands-on activities, how-to tips, and profiles of practicing minimalists offer real-world examples for incorporating minimalism into your life.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2019-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN029000, YAN024000, YAN027000
Dewey 646.700835
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1050
Features Activities, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Source notes

Author: Sally McGraw

Sally McGraw is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer, editor, and blogger. She is the creator the popular daily blog Already Pretty, a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a Huffington Post contributor, and the author of several books about style and body image. Sally is also a ghostwriter and editor who specializes in non-fiction books and book proposals. Her favorite word is "crepuscular."



“McGraw’s easy-to-read guide is full of friendly and matter-of-fact advice that makes living minimally—to simplify one’s life and help save the world—a manageable task for anyone to achieve.”—VOYA


“[A] useful addition to any collection.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“An invitation for teens and tweens to share in a popular movement.”—Kirkus Reviews